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MARQUETTE, MI – (Great Lakes Radio News) – Unions are preparing for a large protest today in Lansing over the “Freedom to Work” legislation approved in the Michigan House and Senate.
On Friday the unions were putting together civil disobedience training and getting phone banks staffed in preparation for today’s protest.
Opponents say the legislation is designed to break unions in the state. Governor Rick Snyder says the move gives workers the right to choose whether or not they want union representation. He also said the law gives unions the opportunity to demonstrate their worth to the workforce.
Security remains tight at the state capitol in anticipation of today’s protests and tomorrow’s scheduled vote on the controversial right to work bills. Reports say numerous threats have been levied on the capitol as debate heats up between union supporters and supporters of the new legislation.
Michigan State Police have not said what the nature of the threats are, but do say they along with other police agencies will be patrolling the capitol around the clock.
Roughly 2,500 protesters converged on the capitol Thursday. Eight people were arrested.
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